Sunday, January 6, 2008

Baja is Off the List

A few years ago I had a blast in Baja with my buddy Rusty, sea kayaking along the coast. Tourism is the golden ring that Mexico could have had access to in order to save itself from being a used up third world country, but the opportunity is disappearing rapidly. Americans are becoming too afraid to go there anymore (read this AP article), and the ones that still do are ignorant. Growing up in Texas I have soft spot for Mexico so it saddens me to see it degrade like this. Is this a world wide trend? The famous Paris-Dakkar off road race was just canceled thanks to thugs, called Al Queda in this version, (sad story here) due to recent kidnappings and the event organizers could not ensure participant safety. Are we at the cusp of a new era of isolationism?

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